Coronavirus is spreading rapidly on a global level and more than six US coronavirus deaths are confirmed in Washington state. We have paid close attention to Korea’s cases for the last several weeks and found out that boosting immunity is vital to prevent the virus infection on a personal level. In this article, we will introduce immune-boosting foods to fight coronavirus, hoping to keep all the residents on Kauai healthy.
Understanding the Coronavirus, COVID-19
COVID-19 stands for COronaVIrus Disease 19 (19 is the year of the outbreak). The name “corona” came from the shape of the virus which looks like a crown or halo.
It’s very contagious
The viruses transmit via droplets produced from the respiratory system, often during coughing or sneezing. If you touch infected surfaces or objects by hand and touch your face -especially your nose or mouth- with the same hand, the virus can also transmit.
They say that the spikes of the crown make the virus tightly stick to your lungs once it invades your body. Then, it causes respiratory tract infection.
Cold-like symptoms usually set in from 2 – 14 days after a coronavirus infection, yet the dangerous part is that the virus can be transmitted to others even before the symptoms show. So, without recognizing any signs, people already spread the virus to their loved ones.
Guidelines to prevent Coronavirus
Global health organizations have published preventive measures to reduce the chances of infection. The guidelines are:
- staying home
- avoiding travel and public activities
- frequent washing of hands with soap and water (for more than 20 seconds)
- not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- practicing good respiratory hygiene.
Recovery Cases in Korea
In Korea, relatively young patients are naturally recovered by their immune system. They said the coronavirus disease doesn’t seem like a deadly illness, yet it felt like a bad flu. They emphasized taking good care of the virus at an early stage.
“After experiencing it myself, I don’t think the disease was as serious as I thought,” said Patient No. 17 (Male, 38) who was discharged after fully recovering. “I think people can recover – though perhaps not easily – if they seek good medical treatment early on.” (Resource: Korea JoongAng Daily 2/14/2020)
Immune-Boosting Foods to Fight Coronavirus:
Certain foods and supplements are recommended by doctors to boost your immune system. These immune-boosting foods are cruciferous vegetables containing indole-3-carbinols.
Jessica Grayson, M.D., assistant professor with the UAB (University of Alabama, Birmingham) Department of Otolaryngology, says,
“Foods that contain indole-3-carbinols have been found to reduce the number of viral infections — while this hasn’t been specifically tested in coronaviruses, the prevention of any viral illnesses that may weaken your immune system is and will be important,” Grayson said. “These foods include leafy greens like kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, etc. They can be cooked or raw.”
(Resource: The University of Alabama at Birmingham – How to prepare in the event of a pandemic)
Indole-3-carbinol is also used for fibromyalgia, tumors inside the voice box caused by a virus, tumors inside the respiratory tract caused by a virus. Some people use indole-3-carbinol to balance hormone levels, “detoxify” the intestines and liver, and to support the immune system.
(Resource: RxList.com – Owned and Operated by WebMD)
The cruciferous vegetables containing indole-3-carbinols are broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, kale, spinach, turnip greens. (Resource: Wikipedia – Indole-3-Carbinol)
Additional AdviceThey also advise
- continuing healthy habits like exercising,
- drinking lots of water,
- managing stress and
- getting plenty of rest/sleep.
To find out COVID-19 updates by Hawaii Government, please visit https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/
Kauai Farmers Market Time & Location
Check out our farmers market for the freshest vegetables. When you click the location, you will see it on Google Maps.
|Saturday||9:30am-1pm||Kauai Community Market||the front parking lot of Kauai Community College|
|Saturday||9am - 10am||Kekaha||Kekaha Neighborhood Center @Elepaio Road|
|Monday||12pm - 1:30pm||Koloa||Koloa Ball Park (Knudsen) @Maluhia Road|
|Tuesday||11am - 1pm||Lihue||Historic County Building, Front Lawn|
|Tuesday||3pm - 4pm||Kalaheo||Temporary relocated to Kalawai Park|
|Wednesday||3pm - 5pm||Kapaa||Kapaa New Town Park @Kahau Street|
|Wednesday||3:30pm - 6pm||Poipu (Kukuiula)||The Shops At Kukuiula|
|Thursday||3pm - 4pm||Hanapepe||Hanapepe Town Park (behind of Fire Station)|
|Thursday||3:30pm - 5pm||Kilauea||Kilauea Agricultural Center (on the way to the lighthouse)|
|Friday||3pm - 4:30pm||Lihue||Vidinha Stadium @Hoolako Road|
If you have any suggestions or ideas to prevent coronavirus, please let us know. Click to contact us. Thanks.